The last portion of Interstate 95 completed in Maine was the Piscataqua River Bridge linking the New Hampshire and Maine Turnpikes. The 4,000 foot long steel arch bridge opened to traffic in 1972.

Interstate 95 follows the tolled Maine Turnpike between Exits 3 and 109 and a free route from the Augusta area north to Bangor, Houlton and the Canadian border. MaineDOT switched alignments for Interstates 95 and 295 in 2004:

  • I-95 overtook I-495 north from the Falmouth Spur at Portland to Gardner along the Maine Turnpike.
  • I-495 was redesignated along the 4.2-mile long Falmouth Spur as an unsigned route.
  • I-295 saw extension northward from Portland to Gardiner over the original I-95 alignment.

The Maine Turnpike was constructed before the Interstate system on December 13, 1947 between Kittery and South Portland. An extension of the route to Augusta followed with completion on December 13, 1955. This included the Falmouth Spur. Final work linked the turnpike south end (Exit 2) with the New Hampshire Turnpike in 1972.1

Interstate 95 Maine Highway Guides


Interstate 95 scenes
View of the Interstate 95 Piscataqua River Bridge and Freemans Point from Oak Terrace just north of U.S. 1 Bypass and the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. Photo taken 07/29/07.
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The Maine welcome center in Kittery for Interstate 95 includes access to U.S. 1 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) at Ledgewood Drive. A circuitous road encircles the rest area, with a series of trailblazers directing drivers back to the Maine Turnpike north or to U.S. 1 near the York town line. Photos taken 07/29/07.
Two interchanges along I-95 serve the town of Fairfield in central Maine. They are Exit 133 with U.S. 201 and Exit 132 with Maine 139. Maine 139 travels through Fairfield with Maine 11 & 100 from Benton to the east. Beyond U.S. 201 near the town center, Maine 139 ventures westward a short distance to Interstate 95. The state route travels overall between U.S. 2 at Norridgewock and U.S. 1A at Winterport. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 139 intersects Interstate 95 at Exit 132 on the west edge of Fairfield. Interstate 95 encircles Fairfield from the west and north, spanning the Kennebec River on the northeast trek to Clinton. Maine 139 continues west from the freeway to Fairfield Center. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Entering the diamond interchange with Interstate 95 on Maine 139 north. Interstate 95 northbound meets U.S. 201 nearby on the 25 mile drive to Newport. Augusta lies 20 miles southward along the Kennebec River. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Oakfield Road northbound at the Exit 286 diamond interchange with Interstate 95 near Smyrna Mills. Pictured here is the northbound on-ramp to Houlton and New Brunswick. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Oakfield Road north passes underneath Interstate 95 and approaches the southbound on-ramp to Bangor. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Passing by the southbound on-ramp to Bangor, Oakfield Road sees a small array of services between Exit 286 and the junction with U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) and Maine 212. U.S. 2 east heads toward Smyrna Center; Maine 212 begins and ventures northwest to junction Maine 11 at Knowles Corner. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Looking southbound on Oakfield Road at the approach to Interstate 95. Oakfield Road joins the freeway with Oakfield and Dyer Brook to the south of Exit 286. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A small guide sign directs motorists to the Interstate 95 destinations of Bangor and Houlton along Oakfield Road southbound. There are not many populated centers between the two control points outside of Old Town and Orono. Photo taken 06/27/05.
State-named shields direct motorists toward the respective on-ramps of Interstate 95. I-95 south continues ten miles southwest to Maine 159 at Island Falls. Alternatively motorists may use Oakfield Road south to U.S. 2 at Dyer Brook to reach Island Falls. Photo taken 06/27/05.
For much of northern Maine, the carriageways of I-95 separate by a large grassy or tree lined median. The spacing between the travel lanes allows for sunlight to reach Oakfield Road below as it nears the northbound on-ramp to Houlton. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Oakfield Road southbound at the Interstate 95 northbound on-ramp. I-95 travels in an east-west fashion between Smyrna Mills and the New Brunswick, Canada line. Northbound motorists next reach U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) near Ludlow at Exit 291. Oakfield meanwhile lies a short distance to the south of here. Photo taken 06/27/05.

Sources:

  1. Maine Turnpike (I-95), BostonRoads.com.


Photo Credits:

    06/27/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan. 07/29/07 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 195
Interstate 295
Interstate 395
Interstate 495 - Falmouth Spur
U.S. Highway 1
U.S. Highway 2
U.S. Highway 201
U.S. Highway 202

Page Updated 02-05-2015.